Whether you’re wondering what you can do with your major, looking for guidance to craft a resume for an internship, hoping to connect with an alum in Chicago, or scheduling a Skype interview in a quiet space, we’re here to help!
Career and Professional Development is focused on students—and the answers to three big questions: Who am I and what do I want? What’s out there for me? How do I get there?
Central is a founding member of the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICRN), and also the Career Professionals of Iowa (CPI), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Central offers you many opportunities to network with employers and professionals in your field.
This includes opportunities to interview for jobs at ICRN (Iowa College Recruiting Network) events throughout the state, interact with 50+ employers at an annual Internship Networking Fair on campus, meet employers at Meet the Pros events, or interview for jobs and internships with employers in person on campus or via phone or Skype.
Professional Development Series, offered twice each semester: Job Search Overview, Résumés and Cover Letters, Interviewing Strategies, Dress for Success, Dining Etiquette.
Tailored two-part job search series, specifically for future teachers, is also presented each semester.
Graduate School workshops: Choosing and Applying to Graduate School, Mastering the GRE, Financing Graduate School
“Meet the Pros” panels each semester: Opportunities to connect with alumni and professionals in career fields of interest.
Interview Blitz: Participate in short practice interviews with local human resource professionals.
Marketing Study Abroad to Employers: Learn how to sell your study abroad experiences when job searching.
Central career professionals make sure you have a support system as you job search. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are all rooting for you!
"The ICRN interview events, facilitated by Career and Professional Development, do a fantastic job of exposing students to a wide range of future employers. Through my experience I was able to land a summer internship and a full time job with Target Corporation." Cody, 2014
“The staff at CPD was aware that I was seeking a summer internship—a little late in the semester. They guided me as I retooled my resume to fit the internship descriptions, and advised me regarding choosing between two offers I received. I ended up at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company where I’ve rotated through a number of departments including claims, underwriting and actuarial services. Without the help of CPD, I never would have had the opportunity to gain such amazing experience.” Lakota, 2016